R E V I E W
Chloë McCracken (Author)
Will Worthington (Illustrator)
U.S. Games Systems Inc.
ISBN-10: 1572817550 // ISBN-13: 978-1572817555
45 cards; 187-page companion book
Web Site: www.celticlenormand.com
TOP LINE (formerly Bottom Line)
As a follower of Chloë McCracken’s blog _Inner Whispers_, a fan of Will Worthington’s art, and a lover of all things Celtic, I was pretty sure I was going to like the Celtic Lenormand. As it turns out, I don’t just like it, I love it. The art is exquisite, as expected, and Chloë delivers much more in the accompanying book than I could have imagined. I am looking forward to trying some of the spreads provided in the book and sharing them here on Tarot Notes.
“Celtic Lenormand brings elements of nature-based paganism to the Lenormand divination system. This 45-card deck, with beautiful artwork by Will Worthington, provides additional tree, animal and people cards. In-depth descriptions for each card include spiritual messages, affirmations and suggestions for use in spells. The illustrated book also presents interpretations based on the phases of the moon and the Wheel of the Year.”
In the Celtic Lenormand, the images are Celtic versions of the traditional Lenormand deck images. In addition, symbolism shown in the images is designed to represent important aspects of the pagan path and perception of the world. The eight sabbats are represented, as are the phases of the moon. Specific cards are included for the god and goddess, as well as suggestions for deities appropriate to the other cards. The deck contains two tree cards for the God (the Oak and the Holly), three different Birds cards that reflect the three aspects of the Goddess (Maiden/Mother/Crone), an additional snake card that reflects the more positive aspects of the snake; a cat card (cats are traditional familiars); and four additional “people” cards.
APPEARANCE, SIZE, QUALITY
The deck and book are packaged in a sturdy cardboard box with a lift-off top. The inside has an inset for the cards.
The card faces are borderless. The card number, enclosed in a golden torc, is placed in the upper left hand corner. The playing card association appears in the lower right hand corner inside a solid gold circle.
_Will Worthington_ is familiar to the Tarot community, well known for his illustration of such popular decks as The Druid Animal Oracle by Philip Carr-Gomm and Stephanie Carr-Gomm (Touchstone), The Green Man Tree Oracle by John Matthews (Connections Book Publishing), The Wildwood Tarot by Mark Ryan and John Matthews (Sterling Ethos), and The Druidcraft Tarot by Philip Carr-Gomm and Stephanie Carr-Gomm (St. Martin's Press).
The backdrop for the cards in the Celtic Lenormand is the landscape of Brittany, in the north of France. Chloë McCracken explains that “this area was populated by Celts for over five hundred years, and is still considered one of the six surviving Celtic nations.”
The colors are intense, expressing a variety of tones or moods. The images are sharp, clear, and realistic.
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